Lourdes University prides itself on providing students with nationally recognized and accredited academic programs. At Lourdes, students experience the true essence of a personalized liberal arts education and learn from a dedicated body of professors who have received their degrees and distinctions from 31 states and five countries. A teaching institution, Lourdes faculty members regularly are featured keynote speakers, presenters, authors and recognized experts in their professions.

While many teachers and professors look forward to a relaxing summer they’ve so earned, many Lourdes faculty extend their dedication to their students by continuously honing their skills and extending their own education.

Read and discover what these learned scholars will be working on this summer.

Holly BaumgartnerHolly Baumgartner, Ph.D.
Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences
Dr. Baumgartner will be participating in the Higher Learning Commissions (HLC) Academy on Student Persistence and Completion Roundtable with Provost Geoffrey Grubb, Ph.D. and completing HLC Peer Review Training. In addition, she will be conducting research on Native American poetry for an upcoming international conference and will present “The Franciscan Toolkit” with John Gambro (Dean of the College of Education at the University of St. Francis in Joliet, IL).

​Martha Gallagher, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Regular Graduate Faculty, Nursing Department
Dr Gallagher will present “Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) and International Missions: A Winning Combination for Students and Faculty” at a national nursing conference in Breckenridge, CO. In August, she will travel to Peru for two missions – one in Chorrillos and the other in Iquitos. The Chorrillos mission is in its 13th year and most years the team includes nursing students. Prior to the Iquitos mission, Dr. Gallagher hopes to head into the Amazon jungle for a three day weekend. During the summer, she also plans to spend as much time as possible in her cabin in Hillsdale country and pen at least one article “as long as the beautiful outdoors and projects do not pose too much of a wonderful distraction!”

Terry KellerTerry Keller, M.S.W.
Chair of the Social Work Department
Professor Keller and other social work faculty will conduct faculty/student research in the Toledo community. Lourdes students and he will also conduct father research and field experience in Ireland.

Christine KnaggsChristine Knaggs, Ph.D.
Chair of the Middle Childhood Education Program
Dr. Knaggs’ summer includes a pilgrimage in Assisi and Rome, Italy; and finishing and submitting multiple manuscript projects with colleagues in her profession. The manuscripts focus on a grounded theory approach to understanding the persistence issue that exists for lower socio-economic status college students; utilizing a multi-grounded theory approach in education; and using mastery experiences to develop science self-efficacy in a science pedagogy course for pre-service teachers. Recently appointed Chair of the Middle Childhood Education program, she is looking forward to several new projects including course enhancement and development. Finally, she will be conducting data analysis for a fourth manuscript that focuses on aligning policies and adjunct faculty needs to prevent mission drift at four year institutions.

Dale LaniganDale Lanigan, Ed.D.
Chair of the Sociology & Justice Studies Department
Dr. Lanigan will spend much of his time this summer fulfilling duties in his newly elected role of vice president of the Ohio Council on Criminal Justice Education.

Jill LiebnauJill Liebnau, M.S.N.
Chair, Nurse Anesthesia Program
Professor Liebnau and her NAP colleagues will be dedicated full time to teaching the next graduating class of nurse anesthesia students!

Joyce Litten​Joyce Litten, Ed.D.
Associate Professor, Social Work Department
In addition to working with professor Keller on the Toledo community research with students, Dr. Litten and a social work student will be conducting a survey of the local homeless population.

Susan Shelangoskie, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, English Department; Faculty eLearning Coordinator
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Dr. Shelangoskie will travel to England this summer for a research trip and to present her paper “Technology’s Treasures and Human Trash: E. W. Hornung’s The Camera Fiend” at the Victorian Popular Fiction Association annual conference. She has also booked research days at the following locations: the archives of the London Science Museum, the Blythe House small objects storage (affiliated with the science museum), the British Telephone Archive, the Porthcurno Telegraph Museum Archive in Cornwall, near Penzance, and the Slough Museum Archive. If that isn’t enough to keep her busy, Dr. Shelangoskie also plans to take a small group of students to the Stratford Shakespeare Festival in Ontario, Canada where they will see performances of Midsummer Night’s Dream, King Lear and Antony and Cleopatra.

Sr. Risine SobczakSr. Rosine Sobczak, OSF
Associate Professor, Biology and Health Sciences Department
Sr. Rosine will occupy her summer with a variety of projects including attending the Association of Franciscan Colleges and Universities Symposium, co-presenting “Franciscan Spirituality and Environmental Awareness: Integration of Science and Spirituality in the Classroom;” and presenting two more topics/presentations  - one at the Next Generation Franciscan Mentors Annual Conference, and the other at the Franciscan Federation Annual Conference. She also is finding time to teach three courses this summer in general microbiology and biodiversity and conservation!

Kimberly Steele, BSN
Clinical Adjunct and Teaching Assistant in the Nursing Lab, Nursing Department
Professor Steele plans to teach Integrated Clinical 2 at St. Paul’s Community Center and graduating with her Master of Science in Nursing degree, reviewing her clinical and planning activities for the fall semester.

Erin SzavulyErin Szavuly, MFA
Associate Professor, Art Department
Professor Szavuly will be putting together an exhibition of her grandmother’s artwork for a fall exhibition. She credits her grandmother with her career and for being her “artistic wings.” Her grandmother graduated from Oberlin in the 1920s with a degree in Art Education, was a member of the Toledo Artists Club, and was good friends with several artists including Walter Chapman. Professor Szavuly remembers spending many of her days in childhood preparing canvases for her grandmother to paint and accompanying her and her cronies when they attended art fairs and festivals.

Elizabeth WiseElizabeth Wise, Ph.D.
Professor, Chemistry and Physical Sciences Department
Dr. Wise and her Department of Chemistry and Physical Sciences colleagues will be working on new courses in foundational chemistry and pre-nursing chemistry. In addition, she will present “Chemistry and Art: Development of a College-Level Course for Non-Science Majors” at the Biennial Conference on Chemical Education Symposia.